Usually when we explain what raw footage actually is, couples realize it’s not something that they need — it’s not the kind of thing you can just sit back and watch.

Instead of raw footage, we usually recommend one of our add-ons films of your full ceremony and/or full speeches — that way you can see more of the key moments in your wedding.

For an average wedding we film, we end up with hours of footage. Because we shoot with editing in mind, we don’t have a camera sitting somewhere doing a single long take — we shoot in short clips throughout the entire day, and many clips are as short as 5 seconds. Most weddings have hundreds of individual clips.

We shoot on a number of professional-grade video cameras during weddings and also have a few different sound sources to ensure the best quality sound. After the shoot, the audio and video has to be synced in editing software to match everything up. Then the synced footage has to be cut together to show the angles from the various cameras. The footage then has to be color corrected to match cameras and then color graded to give it the look we are aiming for. We often shoot in flat log profiles on the cameras to give us more latitude to work with the color in post, so the out-of-the-camera color is flat and drab looking on purpose so it can be pushed and pulled more to create the story that we want it to.

The main reason we shoot from multiple cameras and edit these angles together is to create the most compelling and cinematic film that we can. However, unlike a film set, on a wedding day we have no control over the talent! During a ceremony, one or more of the cameras will almost always become temporarily useless due to, for example a guest with an iPhone standing in front of it. So editing is necessary.

We don’t offer raw footage because it wouldn’t be useful for you to have. Long gone are the days of just sticking a single camera on a tripod at the back of the wedding venue for a ceremony, followed by some shaky hand held camera work by an increasingly tipsy but well-meaning uncle who happens to own a video camera. And with the end of the era of uncle-cinematography, so ended a single long take of video footage that you could (kind of) sit down and watch in its entirety. 

Lastly, another reason we keep control of our raw files is because the editing of the films is a part of our creative process and we do not deliver unfinished products. The editing demonstrates who we are as artists every bit as much as the way we capture the footage with our cameras.

If you want to see more of your wedding beyond your highlights film, we can create some additional films for you of your full ceremony, full speeches or any other wedding events you’d like to see in their entirety. 


- Leslie x